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Amistad (DVD)

Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes o...

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ProA story that needs telling

ConsOne scene will be too much for you

Run Time - 155 minutes Certificate - 15 4 Oscar Nominations American Genre - Drama = If you Google 'The King Speech' today you don't get Martin Luther but Colin bloody Firth, such is the way history is recorded in this modern and immediate cyber world. Just as Firths struggle to get an Oscar...

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“Amistad - a true epic”

published 18/01/2001

ProAn all-round epic with a good storyline and good a...

ConsPossibly not always historically-accurate

The movie is based on a historical 1839 legal battle which took place in the United States, after a group of slaves took control of a small ship, "La Amistad", and ended up on the shores of the New World, instead of their homes in Africa. The movie portrays this as having much to do with the...

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Good

“Noble Steven, Noble”

published 10/09/2000

ProHigh quality throughout, Hopkins is excellent.

ConsA bit too 'noble' for Spielberg the entertainer.

Although this is a good movie - quality certainly abounds in all areas - I couldn't help feeling as I sat through it that this was Spielberg trying to show once again what a 'serious' director he is. The Color Purple and Schindler's List are two other examples, Schindler being far superior, and I...

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Based on actual events in 1838, AMISTAD is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland. After the slaves are caught and imprisoned, their leader, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), unable to understand the language or court system of America, tries to communicate his desire to return home to his defense lawyer, Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), and former slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman). The men plead for help with their groundbreaking court case from former president John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins). Steven Spielberg directed this moving film, using as a reference the book by William A. Owens, BLACK MUTINY: THE REVOLT ON THE SCHOONER AMISTAD. The Africans in the movie speak Mende, with subtitles added. West African actor Djimon Hounsou had to learn to speak the language for his role--and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Spielberg shot the film at the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, the seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, and other New England locations.

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